The New Teacher Project was formed in 1997 as a spin-off of Teach For America, the national teacher corps of outstanding recent college graduates who teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools. Teach For America (TFA) has successfully recruited thousands of individuals into teaching in urban and rural areas, and school districts are consistently impressed with the caliber of the teachers. Wendy Kopp, the Founder and President of Teach For America, recognized the need for school districts to be able to replicate these effective recruiting and training practices. In this way, school districts could fill their classrooms with high quality teachers and begin to reduce teacher turnover. She established The New Teacher Project to address these very needs and promptly recruited Michelle Rhee to head up the new company.
In its first full year of operation, The New Teacher Project entered into 3 contracts, and in its second year of operation, the number of contracts jumped to 11. This year, The New Teacher Project has over 20 contracts, and is working with school districts, state departments of education and universities across the country. Click here for a list of our clients and project highlights.